Outcomes for the 2019-20 Migration Program

The Australian Government has released the detailed outcomes for the 2019-20 Migration Program on Wednesday, 16th September 2020.

The outcomes show that there was an intake of 140,366 for permanent migration in 2019 -20. The acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said

“Seventy per cent of the visas were granted through the skilled stream (95,843 in total), including 4,109 places under the highly skilled Global Talent – Independent program, launched in November 2019. There were 23,372 regional visas delivered, from the 25,000 places allocated. This compares to 18,308 regional visas granted in 2018-19 – an increase of 27 per cent. There were 41,961 visas granted in the Family program, including 37,118 Partner visas. Two-thirds of permanent visas were granted to individuals already in Australia who transitioned from a temporary visa to permanent residency. There were also 13,171 visas granted in the Humanitarian Program in 2019-20, including 4,765 visas (45 per cent) for those who were referred for settlement in regional areas. The size and composition of the 2020-21 Migration and Humanitarian programs will be considered in light of the developing COVID-19 situation and announced as part of the Budget process in October”.


Stream and Category Outcome
Skill Stream  
Employer-Sponsored 29,261
Skilled Independent 12,986
     Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional 8,372
     Skilled Work Regional 15,000
Subtotal Regional 23,372
State/Territory Nominated 21,495
Business Innovation and Investment 4,420
Global Talent 4,109
Distinguished Talent 200
Skill Total 95,843
Family Stream  
Partner 37,118
Parent 4,399
Other Family 444
Family Total 41,961
Special Eligibility 81
Child 2,481
Total Migration Program 2019-20 140,366



Offshore visas  
Refugee category visas 6,422
Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) visas 5,099
Offshore visas total 11,521
Onshore visa
Onshore visas total 1,650
Total Humanitarian Program 2019-20 13,171


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